Detroit, MI – Police have arrested Semaria Greene, accusing her of stabbing her eight-year-old daughter to death.
When police arrived at Greene’s home early Sunday morning, they found her performing CPR on her 8-year-old daughter, Tameria Greene. The girl was had been stabbed once in the chest and was lying unresponsive on her back in the living room.
Tameria was taken to the Children’s Hospital of Michigan, where she was pronounced dead on arrival. Doctor’s told police that aside from the stab wound, the girl also had bruises, possible bite marks and deep scratches to her face.
Semaria told police that she last saw her daughter as the girl was making sandwiches. She had went to answer a knock at the door and when she returned, she found her daughter lying dead in the living room. Police would find no evidence of sandwiches having been made, but they did find a large, bloody kitchen knife by the sink.
A neighbor said that at around 2:15 a.m. Sunday, she saw Semaria hitting the window of a van and arguing with an unknown man outside her doorway. “She slammed the door. He walked away,” the neighbor stated. “Like 15 minutes later, she was knocking on her neighbor’s door, screaming, saying her baby couldn’t breathe.”
Neighbors also said that Semaria would often neglect Tameria and her four younger brothers, often leaving the girl home alone to care for her siblings. CPS were also involved with the family and a child abuse case involving Tameria was already pending in family court at the time of her murder.
In October, social workers observed scratches and bruises on the girl’s face and a bite mark on her arm. Semaria told them the injuries were from an after school fight between her daughter and other kids, but Tameria later told social workers that her mother had caused the injuries after drinking.
According to a police report, after her arrest on the night of her daughter’s death, Semaria “refused to walk, pretended to fall asleep, changed ailments throughout arrest and smelled of metabolizing alcohol on her breath.” She also never once asked about her daughter’s condition.
Semaria’s family says she loved her children and that if she did stab Tameria, it was by accident. In fact, they say she too is a victim. They say Semaria was a victim of domestic violence, and that the system had let Semaria down.
Tameria’s brothers, ages 7, 4, 2 and 1, are now in foster care. Family members on the children’s father’s side are attempting to gain custody.Tags: Child Abuse, Michigan, Murder, neglect, Semaria Greene, Stabbing, Tameria Greene